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Top 5 Meeting Places for Technical Writers
Published
2014, Q3 (April 21, 2016)
By Lindsay K. Saunders, Chapter Member

Technical writers in the Triangle are really fortunate to have a good variety of places to meet for discussion, networking, or work sessions. Here are my top five meeting places for tech writers in Raleigh.


1. Mosaic Wine Lounge - Downtown Raleigh

Mosaic Wine Lounge creates live art in a multicultural atmosphere, offering good music and DJs from all over, wonderful wines, and fantastic foods on Wednesdays. You might wonder why Mosaic lands at the top of my list. Mosaic is a great place for writers to meet because of its eclectic offerings and its spacious upstairs room. Writers need culture just as much as culture needs writers.

There's a front porch and side patio with garden terrace. Inside there's a cafe-style sitting area with low couches and stools for socializing, a long bar to grab drinks at, and a dance floor. The bartenders are friendly and incredibly approachable. It is easy to reserve the upstairs room. Every Wednesday, Mosaic Wine Lounge celebrates its namesake with a wine tasting/class at 8 p.m., along with a buffet dinner! DJ Keith Ward & Guests provide the downtempo, funk, and world beats later on.
  • $5 wine tasting/class
  • $5 wines by the glass
  • 1/2 off wine by the bottle
  • $7 dinner buffet by Urbana Catering Concepts

Mosaic Wine Lounge
Mosaic Wine Lounge (Photo Credit: Nancy Tom)



Where to Park

Parking is on the street, in the lot on the corner of Glenwood Avenue and Jones Street next to boutique Cat Banjo, or in one of the nearby decks.

Wi-Fi

Ask the bartender or manager for the password and you can hop on for free Internet access.

Social Media

Like Mosaic on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

2. NOFO at The Pig - Five Points

NOFO
NOFO (Photo Credit: Rod O.)
NOFO is an adorable little café and shop located in the Five Points area of Raleigh. It specializes in Southern fare and brunch. The food is fresh and appeals to most taste buds. The atmosphere is generally fun, festive, and friendly. The regular café area is spacious with plenty of tables and booths, but the upstairs is where tech writers can come together to meet and work. The tables upstairs are easily put together, overlook the cafe, and give you a view into the nearby gift shop. It's nice that they're still connected but also somewhat private. Your servers will tend to your needs while staying out of the way so as to not interfere with your meeting.

Just in case you’re curious about the gift shop, it is not your typical gift shop. It has tons of local stuff, baked goods, candies and chocolates, toys, eclectic gifts and knickknacks, plus home decor and other delightful things for the holidays.

Where to Park

Parking is in the private small lot next to NOFO and on surrounding streets.

Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi is available.

Social Media

Like NOFO on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

3. Cameron Village Regional Library

Wake County has an incredible collection of public libraries, but Cameron Village Regional Library has by far the most to offer. The building itself is a modern two-story building in a great location on the edge of Cameron Village, with countless shops, restaurants, banks, and grocery stores nearby for when you need to take care of business or grab a bite to eat. Inside, it has seemingly endless resources on hand with many helpful librarians in house to answer any questions. There's a great selection of books and if they don't have whatever you’re looking for, they'll get it quickly from another location.

Cameron Village Library
Cameron Village Library (Photo Credit: Ron Wen)


There are plenty of places for tech writers to meet. As an event planner, I’ve reserved the large classroom-like meeting rooms and also attended events with great presentations in them as well. You can reserve the meeting rooms at no cost online by completing a request form. As a grad student, I used the study rooms to conduct interviews and observations with my research participants. The study rooms can hold about five people and are on a first-come, first-serve basis for two-hour increments. Sign-up is at the help desk on the second floor. There used to be a coffee shop on the first floor. Now you can bring your own beverages and snacks as long as you’re quiet.

Where to Park

Parking is available in the library lot.

Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi is available through the public library networks. It’s pretty spotty, so be patient.

Social Media

Like Cameron Village Regional Library on Facebook

4. New World Coffee House - North Raleigh

Coffee lovers and coffee atmosphere lovers alike will enjoy venturing to New World Coffee House. They have a great selection of Counter Culture coffees, fruit smoothies, teas, pastries, snacks, salads, sandwiches, and wraps. New World is cozy and located in the Townridge Shopping Center near the Wal-Mart on Glenwood Avenue. You'll see Mike, the owner, there just about every day.

There are several small tables in the front, a couple of booths and small tables, a couch, and a large table that seats up to twelve and can be reserved for groups. I've reserved it for meetings before and we really enjoyed it. If you're going to host a group and eat, make sure to allot plenty of time for your food to come out because they have a small staff. The Wi-Fi and various seating arrangements make it a great place to sit and chat, read, or do some work.

New World Coffee
New World Coffee (Photo Credit: Lindsay K. Saunders)


Where to Park

Parking is available in the parking lot for The Village shopping center.

Wi-Fi

There is free Wi-Fi available once you ask for the password.

Social Media

Follow New World on Twitter.

5. Crafty Beer Shop - Five Points or Lafayette Village in North Raleigh

Crafty Beer Shop is locally owned with two great locations in Raleigh. At either location you can get a flight of beer on draft, sample their vast collection of bottled beers, or even have some wine. What is impressive is their support of local craft brews. The bartenders and shop clerks will answer whatever questions you may have about their selection. It is a relaxed, welcoming shop with a variety of art adorning the walls, over-sized leather couches, and a fireplace.

Crafty Beer Shop
Crafty Beer Shop (Photo Credit: Lindsay K. Saunders)
In addition to the breadth of beer and drinks available, there are plenty of tables for tech writer meetings. With a call ahead of time, a set of tables can be easily reserved for your meetings. No food is available, but you can order food from a nearby restaurant and bring it in or even have Lilly’s Pizza delivered from Five Points’ delicious pizzeria just around the corner.


Where to Park

Parking is available on the surrounding streets and in two hour increments in front of the shop in Five Points or in the parking lot or deck at Lafayette Village.

Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi is available.

Social Media

Like Craft Beer Shop on Facebook and follow on Twitter

Lindsay K. Saunders can be reached at lindsayksaunders at gmail dot com. Learn more about Lindsay and her work on her website. End of article.

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